Positioning for Product Managers

Sachin Rekhi

Positioning, while classically considered part of the marketing world, is absolutely essential for every product manager to understand. Positioning refers to the place that a brand occupies in the minds of customers and its perceived differentiation from its competitors.

Powerful Product Positioning: Follow These Three Rules

Proficientz – Product Management University

Powerful product positioning usually boils down to the best story, which is not always the best product. Great positioning is centered on the aspirations of your target customers and why those aspirations are so important to their success.

Sales, Positioning and the Nobody Zone

Proficientz – Product Management University

” Good sales positioning and discovery techniques can help you understand true buyer motivations so you don’t end up in the Nobody Zone. This stage is where your company messaging and solution positioning can fully engage buyers or push them away.

The Importance of Product Positioning

280 Group

In this video 280 Group CEO and Founder, Brian Lawley, is joined by Senior Consultant/Trainer, Tom Evans, who is a Product Management and Product Marketing expert.The topic is why good product positioning is so critical for your product and your messaging.

How to Package and Price Embedded Analytics

To get the position right, you’ll need to do some research into the main user classes that make up your customer mix. In meetings, adjust the position of the dots. the feature positions in your Packaging Decision Framework, noting where on the value scale (x-axis) each feature falls.

Importance of Product Positioning

Spice Catalyst

This video illustrates why it is vital to properly position a product or service in the market. Spice Catalyst teaches how to go about doing product positioning in its Product Market Strategy and Positioning Workshops and online courses.

Crafting a Useful Positioning Statement

Actuation Consulting

A strong positioning statement is an important ingredient for success. In this post we share some tips for developing a well thought out positioning statement. What is a Positioning Statement? A well-crafted positioning statement brings together your overall value proposition with your positioning for a product. A Good Positioning Statement Framework. Four Essentials for a Useful Positioning Statement. Other Forms for Your Positioning Statement.

6 Product Positioning Strategies Misconceptions in a SaaS Business (and What You Can Do About Them)

Userpilot

When I started my first business 6 years ago (which has miraculously survived until this day) I didn’t even have a clue what “market or product positioning or product positioning strategies” were. Positioning is the context in which you present your product.

Is Your Positioning Competitive?

Under10 Playbook

Positioning describes what your product does—while also describing how it is different than anything else on the market. To be effective, product leaders must profile each competitive offering for company and product positioning.

June BOM: Positioning

Pragmatic Marketing

June’s Box of the Month is positioning. Then you can create internal positioning documents for developing external messages that focus on each key buyer or persona. We’ll discuss the differences between branding and positioning , ways to strengthen positioning using product message maps , and why positioning should be done before gaining executive approval for a product or feature.

Monetizing Analytics Features: Why Data Visualizations Will Never Be Enough

uniquely position your application in the market and base your oferings on new. MONETIZING ANALYTICS FEATURES: Why Data Visualizations. Will Never Be Enough. Go beyond basic embedded dashboards to diferentiate your. application and maximize the value of embedded analytics.

Positioning, messaging, and ownership

Under10 Playbook

Who defines product positioning? Product managers are responsible for the features of the product and its positioning in the marketplace. Product Management defines the positioning and Marcom delivers the positioning. Ask yourself: does it support the position?

Positioning with formulas

Under10 Playbook

In marketing, positioning is the process by which marketers try to create an image or identity in the minds of their target market for its product, brand, or organization.— Finally it hit me: “Are you trying to figure out my positioning?” ” Upgrade positioning.

Who Should Own Product Positioning?

Pragmatic Marketing

Product positioning is a key element of product management. Positioning documents will define your product category, the problems it solves and the personas it serves. So how does this model impact product positioning ? A product’s position is what it does and for whom. A positioning document contains the who and what. It turns positioning into messaging. Positioning is what we'll say; the messaging is how we'll say it.

The Ultimate Guide to Positioning

Pragmatic Marketing

Ask five people what positioning means and you’ll likely get five different answers. Positioning is often used in place of value proposition and vice versa; sometimes both get confused with messaging. There is agreement on one thing: Successful positioning should create a connection with potential customers that results in selling more products and services. What Positioning Isn’t. Stake out a Market Position.

5 Early Indicators Your Embedded Analytics Will Fail

positive ROI,” writes Anne Moxie in a Nucleus Research. Updating your application’s dashboards and reporting features. may feel optional—until suddenly it’s not. Watch for these 5 signs. that you’re at risk for an analytics emergency. Early Indicators. Your Embedded.

Answer four questions to determine if it’s time to change your position

Messages that Matter

If there is a valid reason to change your position, this is the best time to do it while there is a lull in the action. You’re probably juggling less balls in the air and have a little time to think about positioning. Positioning

Can ruthless positioning be bloody?

Messages that Matter

The podcast host immediately pounces on my off-the-cuff assertion that you need to be ruthless when you do positioning. Messaging Positioning positioning effectively positioning ruthlesslyThat sounds very bloody,” says Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, host of the MarketingProfs podcast series “Marketing Smarts.” Kerry then quickly asks what I meant by being ruthless. Hear my response when the podcast goes live Wednesday at […].

The Relationship Between Positivity and Productivity (And How to Make It Work for You)

Lead on Purpose

Fear that you will miss … Continue reading → Purpose Trust Communication creativity positivity productivityGuest post by Annabelle Smyth Many companies still hold tight to the old way of doing things. They put you in high-pressure situations and hope that you get all your work done out of fear.

5 Obviously Awesome Takeaways from April Dunford’s New Positioning Book

Business of Software Conference

From page 1 of Obviously Awesome: How To Nail Product Positioning So Customers Get It, Buy It, Love It , it was clear that the team at Business of Software needed to read April Dunford’s new book. 1 – Positioning is the difference between ‘So?’

Why “Build or Buy?” Is the Wrong Question for Analytics

position of either rejecting your users’ needs or ripping out. WHY “BUILD OR BUY?” IS THE WRONG QUESTION FOR ANALYTICS Introduction.1 When to Build Your Own Analytics. 2 When to Buy a Bolt-On Solution. 6 When to Take a Combined Approach. 9 About Logi Analytics.

Positioning (and naming) in tiers

Under10 Playbook

I was running a positioning exercise with a team of product managers and VPs. ” Maybe that’s why so much of the positioning I see is industry gobbledygook : Marketers are trying to impress the leadership instead of the customer. See Positioning with Formulas.

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Using Gilligan's Island for positioning

Under10 Playbook

The ad men’s challenge was positioning margarine against butter: do we position our margarine as premium, low-cost, middle of the road, or something else? And what other TV shows would make a good short-hand for personas and positioning?

No consistency and repetition. No position!

Messages that Matter

What happens when you aren’t using your position enough? By using it enough I mean consistently executing your position as the theme for all marketing communications. And repeating your position as much as possible in every marketing communication, and especially throughout your website. PositioningMany B2B software and technology marketers seem unaware of the critical role […].

The Five Crucial Steps to Fine-Tuning Your Positioning Statement

Innovatemap

The five steps to crafting the right positioning statement, according to positioning expert April Dunford

Iterate Your Way to a Top Analytics Product Experience

Speaker: Richard Cheng, Associate Product Manager, Mark43

Mark43 is on a mission to bring public safety data management into the 21st century. To fix traditionally paper-heavy and error-prone processes, they needed a secure and easy-to-use product experience that simplified and unified crime data collection and management.

The Key to Power Positioning

Under10 Playbook

I was facilitating a session on product positioning. The team was really nailing it, with a strong focus on customer problems. Then the session came to a crashing halt when the VP of Marketing said, “We need to incorporate the word ‘power.’ ’ Didn’t you notice how the president’s eyes really lit up every time you said ‘power’ yesterday?” ” I could feel the energy leave the room.

A positioning process that builds consensus

Messages that Matter

One of the most important goals of the positioning process I teach is to foster buy-in and consensus to the message strategy you create. PositioningYou can achieve buy-in and consensus by involving as many stakeholders as is practical throughout the process and getting management approval at the end. The best way to converge on the […].

Stress-Out Your Buyers (a little) For More Effective Product Positioning

Proficientz – Product Management University

Effective product positioning comes in many forms. For more effective product positioning, your bold headings, titles, themes, and leading statements should be something that every buyer would agree with, and worded in a way that causes buyers to relive their biggest headaches. A short sentence explaining why each issue occurs enhances your credibility and offers the perfect setup to position your solution.

How Do You Know If You Have A Positioning Problem? April Dunford Launches ‘Obviously Awesome’ in Cambridge | Guest Post

Business of Software Conference

This guest post was written by Caroline Brown, co-founder of The Scale Partnership , a Cambridge UK-based positioning and marketing strategy specialist. Positioning is the cough medicine talk. So somewhat ironically, ‘positioning’ itself has a positioning problem. But how do you know whether your product – or indeed company – has nailed it or nosedived into a viper pit of a positioning? Your positioning is off. Notice you ‘pick’ your positioning.

Using a Non-Revenue North Star Metric

Speaker: Ashley Carroll, Partner, Social Capital

If you're serious about making meaningful change to your product management decisions that translates to positive change to your shipped products, register today. In this session, we’ll look beyond revenue as the primary metric in product analytics.

How to Write & Format Your Resume For a Product Manager Position

The Product Coalition

Sure, there are some junior positions out there that can be reached with a few months’ experience and a prestigious certification. This means tailoring your documents to reflect the industry, company and position that you are applying for.

Mostly ineffective positioning on display from midmarket accounting/ERP vendors

Messages that Matter

Even the most obvious position is effective when it is executed consistently and repetitively in all marketing communications. Yet a compelling position stated once or twice on your website doesn’t move the needle in your effort to claim a position. PositioningIt should be the theme for everything you do in marketing. Due to lack of […].

What are you NOT? Defining your competitive position

Under10 Playbook

When considering how to communicate your value proposition, many firms try to reveal how they’re better ( slightly better) than the competitor—sometimes in really subtle but irrelevant ways. “We use 257-bit encryption—that is a whole bit better than our competitor.”

What is positioning and how can it improve marketing?

Messages that Matter

When colleagues, peers or marketing consultants refer to positioning, what do you think they mean? There is often a debate about what positioning is, and what it is not. Confusing matters further, there are two proper usages of “positioning:” How your company is situated relative to its competitors; [… If you’re not sure, you’re not alone.

Leaving a Job? 5 Keys to Leaving a Positive Last Impression

ProductPlan

5 Ways to Leave a Company with a Positive Last Impression. 5 Keys to Leaving a Positive Last Impression appeared first on. I’ve spent the past year as Marketing Coordinator at ProductPlan learning new skills, developing friendships, and working closely with a small team that achieves A LOT. It truly has been an invaluable experience for which I’m very grateful. Deciding to leave this company has not been easy. But it’s time for my next adventure.

Do BI vendors ignore competitors’ positions or follow the herd?

Messages that Matter

Why do so many Business Intelligence (BI) software companies use “insights” as their position? Of the 19 BI companies evaluated in this 4th annual assessment, more than half (11) position around the notion of “insights.” There are two polar opposite explanations for what I call “me-too” positioning which means no differentiation. Either the BI companies […]. B to B Solutions

How to align sales and marketing through positioning

Messages that Matter

Is there a disconnect between your marketing team and sales? Do sales team members love your presentations or do they complain about them? What about the leads you create? Do they jump all over them? I have been asking sales consultants for the last month whether they have ever worked with a B2B software company […

Branding vs. Positioning. Is there a difference and why does it matter?

Messages that Matter

What is the difference between branding and positioning? Others get them confused, thinking positioning is branding and vice versa. Some think they are one and the same. I will never forget the presentation I made many years ago to the new ad agency tasked with branding the company I was working for in Europe. I […

Dear Strategy: 049 Positioning Yourself in a Red Ocean

Dear Strategy

On this week’s episode, host Bob Caporale, President of the product management and product strategy training company Sequent Learning Networks , answers the following question: Dear Strategy: “Which approach or tool should I use for defining the positioning strategy in a Red Ocean?”. The post Dear Strategy: 049 Positioning Yourself in a Red Ocean appeared first on Dear Strategy Podcast.